OZY Media, the daily information source for important stories told nowhere else, today announced the launch of a new podcast, OZY CONFIDENTIAL, premiering January 14, 2019. Hosted by OZY Editor-at-Large Eugene S. Robinson, OZY CONFIDENTIAL offers raw, rant-o-riffic crosstalk from the edge, delving into the dark stuff often left unsaid. Robinson gets heavy, deep and real with everyone from a world renowned Nietzsche scholar who left behind a PhD for life as a crack whore, to Boston Irish Mafia’s Kevin Weeks.
The launch of OZY CONFIDENTIAL builds on the success of OZY’s hit podcast series, The Thread. The Thread takes listeners on a journey through time, turning back the clock to uncover how people and moments in history are connected through an unthinkable thread. Now in its third season, The Thread premiered in the Top 10 of Apple Podcast Charts, and has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, and many more.
“OZY has a commitment to high quality, provocative storytelling and believes strongly in the audio space as a medium by which to relay these stories,” said Carlos Watson, co-founder and CEO of OZY Media. “With the breakout success of The Thread, we’re excited to double and triple-down on Podcasts, developing original series that take listeners outside of their comfort zone, and expose them to unexpected perspectives. OZY CONFIDENTIAL does just that.”
Episode one, “I’ll Go First,” is a no-punches-pulled tell-all about his journey from purist to steroid abuser, from Eugene S. Robinson himself. Setting the tone for the honest and illuminating nature of these stories, Robinson is as honest as he is humble and warm in explaining the rationales and consequences of becoming addicted and kicking the body-building drugs. Episode two, “Gun In Mouth Blues” brings in the first guest on the series, former Marine Corps medic turned suicidal PTSD-addled vet, Max More. He finds redemption in a bar of soap.
OZY’s Eugene S. Robinson is a journalist, actor, novelist, fighter, post-punk frontman and a former steroid junkie who’s marked time with a bleary bevy of interviewees from Samuel L. Jackson to convicted murderer Sam McBride to Nick Cave, Gus Van Sant, Lydia Lunch, Henry Rollins and many more. His podcast voice and voicings as the heart of OZY CONFIDENTIAL are trenchant, cutting and quick as all get out. A man for all seasons and a confessional professional.
About OZY Media
With 50 million monthly unique users and 5 million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new and the next,” offering 100 percent original content with a focus on the future, via unique OZY News, OZY Magazine, OZY TV and OZY Events products. Called “the new media magnet for the news hungry” by Fortune magazine, OZY’s in-depth and high-quality journalism has attracted a number of high-profile media partners including The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post and many more, as well as guest editors including Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Founded in 2013 by Emmy Award–winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, the OZY team is based in Mountain View, California, and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, Larry Sonsini and Dan Rosensweig and a significant investment from publishing giant Axel Springer.